Land & Construction
The government has rejected two developers’ appeals against planning permission decisions because they would involve “significant development” on green belt land.
The snap general election called by the prime minister yesterday will delay Local Plans and planning decisions, a planning expert has warned.
Failing to set up Local Plans could expose almost two-thirds of English councils to new government measures encouraging housing delivery, a new report claims.
Builders’ trade body Homes for Scotland has said it is “extremely disappointed” with the government’s proposals for changes in planning policy.
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced its support for a proposed increase in planning fees.
New rules for councils on registers of underused land for new homes have come into force, housing minister Gavin Barwell confirmed today.
Lambeth Council will be able to force office-to-residential conversions to go through planning, after removing automatic development rights in parts of the borough.
The government will make it easier for councils to police office-to-residential conversions if they can demonstrate they are delivering on their housing targets.
Affordable housing thresholds set by councils while they draw up Local Plans could be dismissed after a High Court case went against a North Yorkshire authority this week.
The government is considering a radical shake-up of planning negotiations, by rolling affordable housing payments into a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime.
Planning departments approved 6% more residential applications than a year ago, official statistics released today show.
The government has sold enough land for less than 14,000 homes, leaving it well off the pace required to meet its target to dispose of land for 160,000 homes in this parliament.
L&Q’s acquisition of Gallagher Estates is a milestone in the housing association sector’s march into the land market. Nick Johnstone looks at the risk and reward
More than half of councils currently set Local Plan targets below assessed need, casting doubt on the government’s plan to tackle town halls “ducking” housing responsibility.
WHITE PAPER: The White Paper should be welcomed by rural housing providers but there is scope for the government to go further, says Sue Chalkley
WHITE PAPER: Local authorities which fail to deliver housing delivery targets set through standard measures will get “caned”, the Homes and Communities Agency chair has warned.
WHITE PAPER: The National Housing Federation has welcomed the government’s White Paper, but called for more to be done to release land for developments.
WHITE PAPER: The government will prepare new guidelines to encourage councils to use compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers to intervene in the housing market and stimulate new building.
WHITE PAPER: The government will introduce a standard method of assessing housing need for councils in a radical shake-up of Local Plans, introduced in today’s Housing White Paper.
Public support for housebuilding has nearly doubled in England since 2010, with particularly strong backing for affordable new homes, according to a research report published today.
House builders are calling for a presumption in favour of development on suitable brownfield sites as the final lobbying over content of the long-awaited Housing White Paper takes place.
L&Q’s landmark £505m acquisition of one of the country’s largest strategic land companies could result in the delivery of 5,000 new homes every year.
The planning system has allowed soaring land values in London to reduce the amount of affordable housing delivered, research commissioned by London boroughs claims.
Southwark Council is preparing to launch a new intermediate housing list that will enable it to allocate eligible candidates to discounted market rent products.
A group of 25 house builders and land promoters have launched a judicial review against a rule change allowing councils with Neighbourhood Plans to block development.
Hyde Group has said it is considering appealing Croydon Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a scheme containing 129 affordable units in Croydon.
One of the UK’s biggest property companies is in talks with housing regulator the Homes and Communities Agency about setting up its own private registered provider.
The housing minister hopes to end local political resistance to housing developments through better design quality and the provision of upfront infrastructure.
The planned introduction of a housing growth baseline for the New Homes Bonus has been slammed by district councils that believe they could lose £75m.
Sector figures are expecting key changes to the Starter Homes policy as the publication of the long-awaited Housing White Paper draws closer.
A better understanding of planning obligation data could help councils persuade communities to accept new housing, says Rob Murfin
Fifty-eight per cent of councillors have said they expect to allocate green belt land for new housing over the next five years, according to a survey.
Construction of new housing developments increased by 1.2% in November compared with the previous month, underpinned by a 5.5% growth in housing association development, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
The Scottish Government wants to simplify the planning system to encourage greater input from citizens.
The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has taken control of two planning applications containing a total of around 700 homes – in his first planning ‘call-in’ since being elected.
A London council has admitted it has no process in place for ensuring developers provide the social housing that they promise to build.
Successful planning permissions have reached their highest level for a 12-month period in 10 years, according to the Home Builders Federation and Glenigan, a construction data provider.
The number of granted residential planning applications has increased by 6% compared to last year, according to the latest figures.
Communities with a Neighbourhood Plan will be able to block housing developments even if their local council does not have an up-to-date five-year housing land supply, the housing minister has announced.
A group of Conservative MPs have tabled amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill which would protect the green belt and strengthen powers of local people to reject development.
The London Plan will not be published until 2019, the deputy mayor of housing for the Greater London Authority has revealed.
The Scottish Government has proposed increasing planning fees more than fourfold for some major applications, as part of a consultation published today.
House builders have hit back at a threat by communities secretary Sajid Javid to tackle alleged landbanking.
A Conservative MP has vowed to fight the government’s decision to give the go-ahead to Birmingham’s development plans “by all legal means”.
Housing associations have the financial capacity to more than double the number of new homes they build each year within the next decade, according to a new report from property advisor Savills.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has revealed he is heading up a Whitehall housing taskforce, as he issued a stark warning to big builders that they must improve build-out rates.
Sajid Javid warns house builders build-out rates must increase, in a hard-hitting speech to the National House Building Council annual lunch
Housing minister Gavin Barwell has lifted a controversial block on Birmingham’s 15-year strategy for the building of tens of thousands of new homes.
L&Q and Fairview Homes have teamed up to buy a 5.5-acre plot of land in Park Royal, north-west London in their first 50/50 joint venture together.
The Leeds City Region needs a major boost in its housing supply if it is to continue its economic growth, with a 30,000 home shortfall anticipated by 2021.
The government is considering launching a radical overhaul of the Community Infrastructure Levy developer charge in next week’s Autumn Statement – aimed at “massively” simplifying the process and making it less open to negotiation.
Sajid Javid has intervened to block a controversial 225-home scheme on environmental grounds.
The green belt should be considered for new housing, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.
The Ministry of Defence has identified a further 56 sites to sell, as it moves towards its target of releasing enough land for the development of 55,000 homes by 2020.
The West Midlands Combined Authority has set up a Land Commission to help bring forward sites for housing. With its growth ambitions already outstripping councils’ plans for new homes, Carl Brown examines the advice housing professionals are offering to the commission
Greater Manchester mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham has hit out at the region’s plan to build on green belt land.
County councils have hit back at the government’s suggestion they could make Local Plans on behalf of district councils.
Birmingham City Council is planning to use compulsory purchase orders to seize undeveloped land from developers. Sophie Barnes looks at whether others could follow.
County councils could be drafted in to help create a Local Plan where a local district council has failed to do so, under government amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.
Developers are not convinced measures to restrict pre-commencement planning conditions will speed up development, a committee of MPs heard today.